lavarman84 wrote:Y'all need to chill with some of the unemployment mumbo jumbo. 76% of NIU's most recent class ended up with full-time, long-term professional jobs.
But that includes non-legal jobs.
If the OP wants a mediocre shot at actually being a practicing lawyer, then NIU is a fine choice for free. But it's not quite clear what OP wants to do (in fact, if you look at their prior thread, they want to go to law school for lack of any better ideas).
Who cares if it includes non-legal jobs? They're professional, full-time jobs. OP doesn't seem to care. This is why advice should be tailored to the person asking. Even then, he has a 75% chance (based on the LST data) to end up in a full-time, long-term bar passage required or JD advantage job.
Johann isn't the only person who didn't go to a top school. Johann is the only person who advises getting into six figures of debt for a shit degree and a coin-flip chance at being a lawyer. So if you think that's something worthy of "respect", knock yourself out. I think it's downright irresponsible, but that's just because I don't like the idea of putting strangers into stupid amounts of debt for nothing.
And retaking isn't the right choice for everyone, but it is for the OP if they want to be a lawyer (which, again, doesn't seem to be clear).
Johann has sounds reasons for the advice he gives (which he's never shied away from explaining). He doesn't hide the ball. And he doesn't refuse to give people advice because he disagrees with what they want. Yes, I think it's worthy of respect. Plus, Johann is a practicing lawyer. He's not a 0L or law student pretending to know it all.
Retaking isn't right for the OP if he can't do substantially better on the LSAT. Even if he can achieve a higher score, there's no guarantees he ends up with significantly better options.
OP is one of the rare people who should be fine doing this. He's not set on some unattainable goal or field of law. He seems flexible with his career options. He has no issues working in small law, government, or in-house/compliance (I'm assuming based on his comments). He has sales experience (which definitely will help).
There's no reason for people to be calling him stupid because he doesn't agree with the one size fits all motto here. It's plenty justifiable in his situation to choose the path he is. And people need not misrepresent what he's walking into at NIU. It's not a great situation, but it's not "likely" he'll end up unemployed.